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New Jersey breast cancer foundation dedicates room to oncology unit

Krista Kasper of Monroe, New Jersey, lost her mother to breast cancer, and started the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation in her honor. One of its first projects has finally become a reality, as a new room will help breast cancer patients and their families at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The room was named after Kasper's mother, Mary Ellen Pernice.

The room is complete with a serene environment that offers tools the patients may need to relax as well as serve as a place for family members to go.

"When someone you love is undergoing treatment for cancer, it can be a long and emotionally draining experience for everyone," Kasper told the news source. "Treatment often involves lengthy hospital stays. By providing this room, we hope that we can ease the anxiety of patients and families and provide them with some comfort and peace to make their time here less stressful."

According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States. 
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